5/26/2013

More Democrats turning on Obamacare

Democrats are continuing to show their concern over the damage created by Obamacare.  It isn't just unions, but some of the prime congressional authors of the bill are also calling it into question.  From the New York Times:
. . . Democrats are petrified of reopening a politically charged law that threatens to derail careers as the Republicans once again seize on it before an election year.
As a result, a landmark law that almost everyone agrees has flaws is likely to take effect unchanged.
“I don’t think it can be fixed,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, said in an interview. “Everything is interconnected, 2,700 pages of statute, 20,000 pages of regulations so far. The only solution is to repeal it, root and branch.”
Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana and one of the law’s primary authors, said: “I’m not sure we’re going to get to the point where it’s time to open the bill and make some changes. Once you start, it’s Pandora’s box.”
As the clock ticks toward 2014, when the law will be fully in effect, some businesses say that without changes, it may be their undoing.
“Are we really going to put the private sector in a situation where there’s a real potential mess for posturing points?” Mr. DeFife asked. . . .
A couple of interesting notes in the article.
Health insurers are focused on another goal: repealing a new tax on insurance companies that takes effect next year. The tax is expected to raise more than $100 billion over 10 years. Insurers say the cost will be passed on to consumers and businesses in the form of higher premiums. . . .
The obstacles are huge, beginning, Republicans say, with President Obama, who has publicly said employers face no significant problems carrying out the legislation. . . .
Guess what a tax on health insurance companies will raise the cost of health insurance.  Anyway, I hope that people remember that Obama kept on claiming that there are no problems with the health care law.  In any case, it will be interesting to see if Democrats blame Republicans for not fixing it despite the fact that Obama says that there is nothing to fix.

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